A Guide To
Choosing A Pair Of Running Shorts
Running Shorts to Buy
While it is true that a runner can run in any type of short in which they feel
comfortable, there are a few different types of shorts which are designed
specifically for running. Deciding which types of shorts are best is largely a
matter of the individual runnerís personal preference. Some runners may prefer
one type of shorts over another while other runners may prefer another type of
shorts. These preferences can be based on how the shorts look, feel or perform.
This article will provide some basic information on the different types of
running shorts available as well as some of the advantages and disadvantages of
these different types of shorts.
Some runners may prefer to wear running shorts which are very similar to bicycle
shorts without the padding. These shorts fit closely to the skin and are
sometimes referred to as compression tights for the way in which they hold the
muscles in place firmly during the course of the run. Runners who prefer this
type of running shorts typically like these shorts specifically because of the
compressive qualities in the shorts. The compressive nature of the shorts keeps
the muscles warm during the run and prevents the muscles from moving too much
upon impact. Another reason why many runners prefer this type of short is there
is minimal chance for chafing with shorts of this type because the fabric fits
so closely to the body. Unlike looser fitting shorts which may move and shift
during the run, these shorts remain in firmly in place. Some runners, however,
shy away from compression shorts simply because they fit so closely to the body.
These runners may feel as though these shorts are only suitable for runners who
do not have any fat on their bodies.
Full split shorts are another common type of running shorts which are very
popular. These shorts feature slits on the sides which allow for maximum
movement of the leg. These shorts are very popular because runners appreciate
the way in which the split does not hinder their natural stride. These shorts
may come either with our without liners and again this is a matter of personal
preference for the runner. Some runners feel as though the liner provides them
with increased coverage while others feel as though the liner is unnecessary and
can be uncomfortable if it shifts during the course of the run. One aspect of
these shorts which some runners typically do not appreciate is the length of the
shorts. These shorts are usually shorter than other types of shorts and can
cause some runners to feel self conscious.
Still other runners favor features such as pockets for carrying keys,
identification and sports bars or gels over other features such as function or
appearance. For these runners their preference is usually based largely on
necessity. Carrying your keys in your hand while running can alter your form and
make the run more difficult. However, a small, zippered pocket allows the runner
to secure the key in a location which will not impact his form or result in his
key being lost during the course of the run.